Editor’s Note: Stories and their authors can be our teachers. They help us enhance our perceptions and sharpen our writing skills. Like many women writers, I was influenced at a young age by one specific book. It wasn’t Little Women, the inspiration for many young girls who identified with the creative, spirited Jo. My pivotal […]
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This essay was first posted in The Memoir Network July, 2017 I enjoy many forms of physical exercise, from climbing mountains, to backpacking along trails, to bicycling, and even swimming. But mostly nowadays I just go hiking, sometimes with my grandchildren and partner, but often alone. Working the muscles of my body is good for […]
Several years ago I had the honor to interview Dinty W. Moore, professor, writer and editor, on the subject of Flash NonFiction. Dinty is the editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Flash NonFiction. Visit rosemetalpress.com as well as dintywmoore.com for more information. 1. How did you come about deciding to edit The Rose Metal Press Field Guide […]
Getting my first novel published just over a year ago was very exciting and fulfilling. That it wasn’t hard to find a publisher for it and that I sourced a wonderful illustrator to do the cover art also were part of that mix. However, the work leading up to the novel’s publication was hard and […]
Sometimes it’s helpful to get a little inspiration from a master. Brenda Ueland, the author of If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit falls into that category. Carl Sanburg, for example, is quoted as saying that Ueland’s book was “the best book ever written on how to write.” I thought I would share a […]
“Her steps were tentative. Fiona wasn’t sure she could avoid the captain’s anger, if he showed up. However, the anticipation of viewing the sky with Jacob who always looked out for her was new emotional territory. She followed him.” (43 words) What’s wrong with that paragraph? Three of the four sentences are passive. Active voice is always preferred over passive, because we […]